Port of Kosrae (Micronesia)
The port of Kosrae is operated through the Kosrae Port Authority who has responsibility for both the seaports and airports throughout Yap.
The port consists of a single main dock for international freight inside a security perimeter
Kosrae is serviced by Matson and Kyowa shipping lines via Guam for general freight and Marianas Shipping lines who provide freight services to the tuna fishing industry
Freight through the terminal is almost exclusively container freight with the exception of vehicles. No bulk break cargo is moved unless it is in an LCL containers bulk or bagged commodities are received or handled internationally. Bulk break goods are however handled on domestic shipping legs.
Main dock infrastructure is in good condition with a solid warehouses facility. Handling equipment is also in fair to good condition. Terminal services are provided by Kosrae Terminal Services and Stevedoring Company KTSSC a private company undertaking stevedoring and freight handling.
Port website: NA
Key port information can also be found at: http://www.maritime-database.com
Port Location and Contact
Federated States of Micronesia
Province or District
Nearest Town or City with Distance from Port
Tofol 10 Km
Port's Complete Name
|Kosrae International Port|
Managing Company or Port Authority
Kosrae Port Authority
Management Contact Person
Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures
Caroline Islands Air
Kosrae Port Authority are responsible for the administration and regulations for Kosrae Port.
However all port operations are contracted out to KTSC a private company who are responsible for all terminal services and stevedoring. Piloting services are available through a subcontracted pilot.
For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: 4.4 Micronesia Port and Waterways Companies Contact List.
The port handles approximately 3- 5 cargo vessels per month almost exclusively container freight with Matson and Kyowa line providing scheduled services to Kosrae. The dock is situated adjacent to the Aiport. With the main dock 170 m. The Dock can accommodate vessels up to 500ft
Containers must all be unloaded by gantry crane as no container cranes are available at the dock. Containers can generally be unloaded at 6-10 per hour.
The port is not congested but the limited amount handling equipment used on the port could leave the port vulnerable in times of high need. Port handling equipment was in good condition with only a small amount available.
Transit warehouse facilities were also in good condition with multiple doors
November to April but does not affect operation unless severe event
Major Import Campaigns
HANDLING FIGURES for 2017
Container Traffic (TEUs)
Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2017
Break bulk (MT)
For information on port rates and charges, please see the following table:
Terminal Handling Charges
Navigational Aid fee
Container unload of vessel
Container Empty unload of vessel
From Container to Container
Container to Freight Station
Bulk break Cargo handling
Container Loading onto truck
Container Loading onto truck-Empty
Type of Berth
Maximum Draft (m)
Imports - Bagged Cargo
Exports - Bagged Cargo
Imports and Exports - RoRo
The port equipment is owned and managed by KTSC a private operator. The handling equipment seen was in Good condition with a single top loader available. A second Top loader has been purchased and KTSC is awaiting its arrival in February. Smaller forklifts for movement of palletised freight are available and in fair condition.
The top loader moves all containers from dockside to storage and loads all tractor trailers for delivery. consignees can also unload containers in the storage area in lieu of delivery
There are no tug masters and all containers are stacked and loaded directly upon the delivery equipment (being trailer chassis) by the single top loader. KTSC maintains 1 single prime mover/tractor for delivery.
Total Quantity and Capacity Available
Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
|1 X 35 MT||Good Condition. A second reach staker is available and belongs to the fishing company occupying part of the Port|
RoRo Tugmaster (w/ Trailer)
Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines
1 X 35 MT
2 X 5 MT
1 X 3 MT
Trailer chassis Top loader in rear
25MT Reach Stacker belonging to Fishing company
While almost all freight moving through the port is in containers the port has no dedicated container facility and operates as a general port.
Container Facilities Available
Container Freight Station (CFS)
Refrigerated Container Stations
Other Capacity Details
Daily Take Off Capacity
Number of Reefer Stations
Emergency Take-off Capacity
Dependent on vessel
Dependent on vessel
Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
Container Marshalling and Storage area
Reefer Station Domestic
Main Dock with fuelling point
Reefer stations Generator powered
As with all states in the FSM Customs is nationally controlled and regulated through the Department of Finance and Tax Administration. DFTA Customs officers are based in at the adjacent near the YCA building attend the port upon the arrival of each vessel. Attendance at the port is dependent on the schedule otherwise customs is located at the Government administration buildings between 8am-5pm M-F
Standard shipment documentation is required to clear customs and is processed at the port at state level. For tax and duty exemption the procedure is to obtain the exemption letter for humanitarian goods through DECEM and the Dept of Transport and Infrastructure in Palikir and for such an exemption letter to be provided with the clearance documentation at the port level ideally prior to the arrival of the shipment.
Clearance time for consignment is 24-48 hours and humanitarian goods will be prioritised in an emergency provided correct documentation is complete
For more information on customs in COUNTRY NAME, please see the following link: 1.3 Micronesia Customs Information.
Kosrae port is essentially a general terminal and all vessel must be compatible and equipped with the ability to load and unload i.e. Gantry cranes for containers or bulk break or bagged or ramped vessels for vehicle loading on to the flat dock.
There is one main general dock at 167 m by 20m wide.
A former fisheries coolstore has been marked for redevelopment is over the past 6 months there is an increase in the volume of containers of fish handled for export. This has seen container numbers increase however this is not part of the general port activates as the Fishing operations are handled independently of the Port Authority
Storage at the terminal is good with Transit warehouses available. These are operated and managed by KTSO
Number of Storage Facilities
|No - containers only|
|1 in good condition||600 M2|
KTSCO Transit warehouse
Former fishing coolstore. Leased to private entity for development
While the port operation falls under Kosrae Port Authorities the stevedoring services are provided by a single private company KTSCO which undertakes all terminal services. KTSCO also provide services as a shipping agent and local transport services. KTSCO offices are located at the Dock in the transit warehouse
All ships operating at the port require gantry cranes to load/unload all container freight. The Kyowa line uses RoRo vessels for the shipment of vehicles which also fall under the responsibility of KTSCO
Stevedoring services are mechanical as are terminal services and the labour component is for the unstuffing of containers. During an emergency additional labour can be provided by the Dept of Public Works and transport of needed.
The private Terminal services operator KTSCO also provides distribution services through the use of container chassis. Containers are delivered to customers and dropped at the consignee’s site. Consignees have 10 days after vessel departure to unload containers. KTSCO owns 1 x prime mover /tractor and 7 trailers. Mariana shipping Lines and Matson shipping lines also privately own 2 and 5 trailers respectively
Demurrage is charged after 3 days at USD 2.75/MT/Day
There are no side loading container chassis available so all container that require unloading at the site require forklifts to unload.
Current ISPS Level
No indication of level by Port Manager
None observed on site. Fire services based at airport available